Could Prozac Improve A Lazy Eye?
By Marci Robin, Senior Online Editor |
Treatments for lazy eye, also known as strabismus, have long been limited to surgery and visual aids. However, a recent discovery could lead to a simpler solution in the form of an already-popular pill.
Prozac has been used to treat depression for over 20 years, but when a team of Italian and Finnish scientists administered the medication to mice with impaired eyesight, it had a corrective effect.
They believe Prozac, known generically as fluoxetine, increases brain plasticity, which allows for the development of a better eye-to-brain relationship.
Further research could lead to a new option for treating lazy eye in adults within the next few years.